All about Pirate Bandana

Get a free Bandana by visit Pirate Fashions retail store on Dec 10.  Wear a bandana as a sign of good luck fer all scallywags. 

Bandana arrr also called kerchief, wild rag, bandannoes, head scarf or oramal.  They originated in India, from the hindi word "bandhna", which mean "to tie".  It also be called a neckerchief, when worn around the neck, the poor man's substitute for a neck cravat.  When sewing in a cap shape, it be called a "Do-rag".  In colonial America, bandana were sometimes printed with maps as guides for travel. 

Pirate worn bandana to keep the seat from the eyes of laboring deckhand.  Many people don't want to wear anything on their head, as modern life doesn't require it anymore.  But 300 year ago it was considered improper to go outside without some kind of head covering.  Going without a bandana and sash, will make you look like a colonial instead of a pirate.  As they both wear the same puffy shirt, knee breeches, tricorne hat, boots n' weapons.

Most modern bandana are 22 inch square pieces of fabric.  The key to a beautiful pirate bandana is showing long flowing tails from the front n' back.  Watch video on how to properly tie a bandana.  Arrr bandana are large 52x34x34 inch triangles in solid color cotton, linen, silk and actual calico from India. Cotton be an common affordable fabric, linen be strong n' good at absorbing sweat, silk has brilliant colors, calico is printed. 

Calico is printed cotton cloth from Calicut, of South India, now called Kerala.  It was block printed with floral patterns. They started making the calico cloth in the 11th century.  The Ottoman Empire traded in the cloth in the 15th century. East India Company imported in great quantities in the 17th century.  Captain Jack Rackham commonly work the fabric, where he became commonly known as Calico Jack.

Pirate arrr "both and" not "either or"!  This mean pirates worn both a bandana n' a tricorne hat.  You do this because you can not wash a hat, so you want to sweat into something you can wash.

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